Webinar: Manufacturing in the UK – Challenges and Advantages

An essential webinar by OCO Global, CEPEX Tunisia and the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW®).


Wednesday 8th July 2020, 11:00am – 12:30pm.

We are pleased to announce the first of four webinars, hosted by PCIAW® and Gerber Technology.

Join our team and panel of experts on Wednesday, 8th of July from 11:00am – 12.30pm to learn about Manufacturing in the UK with all the challenges and advantages involved.

Representatives from the apparel industry, PCIAW® and Gerber Technology will be part of the panel discussion.

This webinar will feature: 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the entire professional clothing industry will have noticed the importance of manufacturing closer to home. In partnership with Gerber Technology, on the 8th July, the ‘PCIAW Webinar – Manufacturing in the UK’ with the intention on educating the industry and illuminating the importance of this topic. Eight industry experts from across the sector will be taking part and the webinar will look into each panelist’s’ experience with this topic, alongside their expert advice for the industry as a whole. 

If you have any questions for any of our panellists, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and pass on your query so we can ensure we get your voice heard! Send us your questions beforehand to info@pciaw.org. Register for the webinar here.


  • Richard Jessup – Gerber Technology UK, Sales Director EMEA
  • Samantha Fernando – Keela International, Sales Director 
  • Jenny Holloway – Fashion Capital, CEO 
  • Louise Becart  Pincroft, Project Engineer 
  • Adam Mansell – UKFT, CEO 
  • Simon Hunter – Hunter, CEO 
  • Jonathon Jones – Plimsoll, Senior Analyst
  • Yvette Ashby – PCIAW, CEO
  • John Miln – PCIAW, Chairman

Register for the webinar


Richard Jessup – Gerber Technology UK, Sales Director EMEA

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Richard Jessup is responsible for managing the Gerber direct sales team, each of whom are challenged to empower our customers through the use of technology, helping them to be more efficient, productive and generate more revenue. Richard has over 20 years experience of both enterprise level software and technology based capital goods.

Over the last 5 years he has developed knowledge and a passion for the fashion and apparel industry, understanding the challenges faced and driving change to overcome these.

Samantha Fernando – Keela International, Sales Director

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We are a family run SME manufacturer. Keela is a technical brand & manufacturer of outdoor clothing and equipment. We supply to the outdoors and our biggest sector is Emergency Services including Ambulance, Police and Military. Ardmel is an specialised manufacturer of machinery and consumables mostly for the clothing, medical and automobile sector. I have worked with the company for over 20 years starting as a Sales Rep for 7 years based in Nottingham. Chairman of the OIA Development Board and sitting on the executive board for the OIA  (Outdoor Industry Association). CBI – Committee member on Scottish Board also on the International Trade & Investment Council (ITIC). Currently we are helping our emergency services customer base during CV19 crisis. In addition recently awarded NHS contract for gown manufacturer in the UK BBC News story (to do this we have increased our manufacturing facility significantly and purchased a new factory to ensure social distancing). Linked In page.

Jenny Holloway – Fashion Capital, CEO 

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Jenny Holloway has been working in the fashion industry for over twenty five years mostly in the private sector. Initially she was a buyer for Littlewoods, M&S and Principles for Women before opening her own label Retro. For almost ten years Jenny was Director of her successful business Retro UK Ltd which included retail boutiques, party plan, wholesaling to major retailers such as John Lewis, Principles and independents. Retro UK also had an excellent export business with key accounts in the Middle East and Europe. In 2000 Jenny started a consultancy business and was approached to be an Industry Advisor on Government funded initiatives. In March 06 Jenny incorporated Fashion Enter Ltd.

Louise Becart  Pincroft, Project Engineer 

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With a MEng in Engineering from Hautes Etudes d’Ingénieur in France, Louise’s experience includes working as a purchaser for both the fashion and manufacturing industries. Since joining Pincroft in 2016, Louise has worked on monitoring production quality as well as developing a Standard Operating Procedures manual for all assets in the factory. She currently leads projects focusing on waste reduction and energy consumption. 

Adam Mansell – UKFT, CEO 

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The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) is the leading network for fashion in the UK. We do a significant amount of work in business development for small fashion brands. We take 700 companies to overseas trade shows every year; help brands break into overseas markets such as Japan and the US; introduce them to the best buyers and retailers in those markets; help them understand the legalities to internationalise their websites and help with the technical aspects of building up a fashion brand.

Simon Hunter – Hunter, CEO

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Hunter Apparel Solutions Limited are a multi-award winning, family-run professional clothing company, with Simon as the third generation of the Hunter family to run the business. Simon is also one of the founding board directors of the PCIAW® and the association and its team are hugely proud of this remarkable achievement. Simon’s tireless commitment to bettering the industry he works for is undeniable, with consistent international travel not only for the benefit of his own business but also for the benefit of the association.

Jonathon Jones – Plimsoll, Senior Analyst

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Jonathon has long advocated using Plimsoll in business and serves on the board of Plimsoll Publishing. Buyers need to quickly and accurately assess the financial strength of suppliers. Strongly supported Heathrow expansion and travelled with the Prime Minister on trade missions. An international speaker on British business opportunities, including the USA and China.


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